- "I do not wish to suffer any longer... but I fear there will be cold and darkness, until... there's nothing at all."
- —Iris von Everec
Rose for Iris Edit
Iris was the beautiful wife of Olgierd von Everec. She chose to marry him despite her family's concern of him being a "bandit thug". Slowly their marriage declined, and Olgierd distanced himself more and more from his wife. When she wanted to divorce Olgierd, he lost his temper and accidentally killed her father, forever quenching any feelings she had for him.
When he left for the last time, he left behind a letter and a rose to remember him by. She laid in bed for days, until the flower crumbled to dust, with her dying soon afterward.
Third Wish Edit
As part of his pact with Gaunter O'Dimm, Geralt was to grant three wishes to Olgierd who as the third wish wanted the witcher to retrieve the flower without telling Geralt of the specifics. When Geralt arrives, he was attacked by the protective and unnatural groundskeeper of the estate, and subsequently speaks with two familiar spirits in the forms of a black cat and a black dog. Through examining the estate and conversing with the familiars, Geralt learns of Iris' connection to Olgierd and her talent for painting while she was still alive, and proceeds to bury her remains by her painting easel in the front garden.
However, this does not put Iris at ease and Geralt discovers that her spirit was strong enough to create her own version of the estate within a painting, which Geralt travels into to try and piece together how to put Iris to rest. While exploring the world inside the painting, the witcher forces the spirit to face her previous fears through past memories which Geralt must defeat, including her fear of spiders, her marriage beginning to fall apart, the murder of her father, Olgierd leaving her the estate with the groundskeeper to attend her along with her pets/familiars, and, ultimately, nightmarish versions of Olgierd which attack the witcher. By piecing the memories together, Geralt witnesses the result of Olgierd's pact with O'Dimm as he starts to lose his love and appreciation of life.
It is unclear how Iris came to learn about O'Dimm and his agreement with Olgierd, but conversation with Geralt reveals Iris was aware her husband's heart had gradually turned to stone. It is also possible that Iris's continued love for Olgierd despite his treatment of her and the unwanted side-effect of Olgierd's wish may have contributed to her cause of death.
Final decision Edit
After piecing together her memories and banishing her fears, Geralt is able to talk to Iris who, even though she regrets her choices, is still in love with Olgierd after all this time. Geralt can either let her keep the rose and allow her to live her afterlife in the painting, which Geralt will have to take a painting of Iris with the rose to appease Olgierd's wish; or Geralt can have Iris give him the rose, which destroys the painting, and allows her spirit to find peace. Geralt then gives Olgierd either the painting or the flower, and Olgierd is surprised to learn that, even after all he did to his wife, she still loved him, even under the effects of the contract.
Journal entry Edit
- When Geralt visited Olgierd von Everec to hear his third and final wish, he learned the rough and rowdy ataman had once been married. At some point he had left his wife, however, and gave her a violet rose as a parting gift. Geralt's task was to find this rose somewhere in the von Everecs' abandoned manor. When he arrived there, he discovered the estate was haunted by a malicious wraith tied to Olgierd's wife, Iris, who had died of loneliness years prior. Her rage and remorse now filled her former house with evil energy.
- Geralt gathered up Iris' remains and buried them in the manor's garden. He did this both out of simple human decency and cold calculation, for he knew this act would calm her unsettled spirit and lead him to the violet rose. During the funeral a now quieted Iris appeared to Geralt and took him on a journey to a world which existed only in her mind. This "painted world" consisted of her fears and memories, which Geralt now had to confront.
- Iris von Everec's memories first recalled happy days spent in Olgierd's company, then became darker and darker. In fact, even the sunnier ones had an ominous cloud hanging over them – an uneasy feeling something horrible would soon happen. Iris von Everec had been a sensitive woman and noted subtle changes in her husband's behavior. She had lacked the courage, however, to delve into their cause.
- Olgierd von Everec’s heart had turned to stone, turning him into a monster. Iris hated what her husband had become, but could not stop loving him. The couple endured together in a painful cohabitation until Olgierd ended it by abandoning his wife. Iris never came to terms with their separation, could not, in fact, even bring herself to read her husband’s farewell letter. Yet the violet rose he gave her upon leaving she kept, making it a focal point for all the longing and love raging in her soul. When she died, these unresolved feelings kept her spirit in this world and continued to cause her suffering.
- If Geralt takes the rose:
- The witcher’s intervention helped Iris accept what had happened to her and her husband. When he asked for the rose, she agreed to give it him, knowing this would put a final end to her pain and suffering – and also her very existence.
- If Geralt leaves the rose:
- The witcher’s intervention helped Iris accept what had happened to her and her husband. She was now free to dissolve into the ether, but the thought of this horrified her. She thus entrusted her fate to the witcher, who was unwilling to deprive her of existence. She thus remained in our world by entering a painting which Geralt then delivered to Olgierd. Her sad eyes stared out at him from that canvas for the rest of his life.